Engaging learners in a digitally connected age

A Panel Discussion chaired by Nicola Strong

At the recent Employee Engagement Summit in London in April 2016, I asked three learning innovators in employee engagement to debate with the audience.

My panellists included:

  • Rory Lawson (Kineo) Solutions Consultant focused on digital and blended learning;
  • Perry Timms (CIPD, Zoo Media) our resident HR Futurist who wants a balance between established learning practices and disruptive forward thinking
  • Iain Trundle (Barclays) who has taken a fresh look at connecting 135,000 employees to 170 learning programmes in over 45 countries. 

We decided to meet up before the event and agree some questions that we thought were worthy of debate:  

  1. Which digital trends are driving engagement in workplace learning in your organisations?
  2. In engaging learners, how do we ensure a balance between established learning practices and disruptive forward thinking?
  3. How do you engage, connect and deliver learning to a global workforce?

Delightfully, the audience brought new thinking to our dialogue and offered issues and ideas. Perry Timms Blog post energetically highlights some of the key thinking that came from the debate. And offers further thinking to take this forward. 


Perry Timms

 PT profile

Described by CIPD CEO Peter Cheese as “The HR Futurist”, he is a social HR Practitioner; voted a top 10 blogger in International and UK magazines.  Perry is Adviser to the CIPD on Social Media & Engagement, built the Institute’s first MOOC “Working Digitally: Social Media and HR” and was a Guide for the CIPD/MiX HR Hackathon.

Perry runs his own enterprise – PTHR  – alongside that of being Director – People & Learning at fast-growing creative digital agency Media Zoo. Perry is aiming to transform learning & work through use of social technologies; innovation as usual; more soulful leadership; and being an always-on learner for a range of clients in all sectors.

Perry is an international and TEDx speaker on HR and the future of work, authored the e-book “HR 2025” and writes for a range of online HR and Work publications and journals and at the end of 2015 was asked to join IBM’s Future of Work programme.


Iain Trundle

 Iain Trundle

Group Head of Learning Channels, Barclays

Iain has successfully delivered many platforms, tools and programmes, but considers the latest  he’s been working on at Barclays the most exciting initiative yet.

It’s transforming the way learning is approached within Barclays through the use of a solution that sparks interest and curiosity of employees, a multi-channel, resource-based approach to learning.


Rory Lawson

Rory Lawson

Account Director, City & Guilds Kineo

Rory has a passion for design and technology, delivering highly creative design concepts and solutions that are blended or purely digital, and provides consultancy to some of the world’s leading brands. He has a proven ability to manage and drive large scale, international, digital learning projects, from Needs Analysis through to media production to delivery and assessment of high impact learning.

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